Bush fires under control in New South Wales for the first time in six months | News from the world


Bush fires in Australia’s most populous state were brought under control for the first time in almost six months.

Heavy rains helped firefighters and raised some dam levels to their highest level in almost two years.

Australia has battled hundreds of fires since September in an unusually long summer fire season that was fueled by three years of drought, which experts have blamed on climate change.

Bush fires burn near the town of Bumbalong south of Canberra on February 1, 2020. - Canberra authorities declared January 31, 2020 the first state of emergency in nearly two decades as a bush fire s 'is shot down on the Australian capital. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP via Getty Images)
At their peak, the flames produced a fire front approximately 3700 miles long.

Helped by storms hitting Australia’s east coast earlier this week, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service said 24 fires were still lit all over the state, although all were now under control.

"After a truly devastating fire season for firefighters and residents who have suffered so much this season, all fires are under control in New South Wales, which is great news," said Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers .

The current situation is far from being the peak of the crisis in early January, when firefighters in New South Wales were fighting nearly 150 fires that produced a firefront approximately 3,700 miles (6,000 km) long.

Fires across the country have razed nearly 29.7 million acres of dry and dry bush, killing 33 people and about one billion native animals since September.

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The fires destroyed thousands of homes and resulted in mass evacuations of residents and tourists during the peak summer vacation period in Australia.

In addition to helping firefighting efforts, the deluge of rains raised the level of dams in New South Wales, which is home to more than seven million people.

New rains are expected, with a fall of more than 50 mm over the next five days.


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